The joy of being in the IT business. Everybody I know has called asking about the conflicker virus.
Realistically we have very little to worry about, as North American computers account for only ~6% of the infected machine (India has an astonishing 45%). But it’s good to see people concerned about security, and so I tell them the same thing I always tell people who are worried about viruses: update windows, and update your virus protection. Those two steps will keep you pretty well secured against most threats.
If you are truly worried about this particular worm you can go to www.bdtools.net and download a removal tool (and a network-rollout tool for us IT peeps) to detect and remove the worm, big thanks to the BitDefender folks for hosting that site which will hopefully stay ahead of the virus’ web redirection for a while.
You can also sign up for OpenDNS, who is updating the list of known information providing domains that the virus might send requests to, and preventing access to them on registered networks.
Or you can turn your computer off and pretend that somehow tomorrow the virus won’t exist. :-) People are funny.
Have a great day everybody!